We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I used to get a song and dance about this when I was in the public sector. It was quickly apparent to me that it was more likely a set-up than not. My response was that any young woman, assuning she was adequately trained, professionally inclined and reasonably self motivated would be hustling to keep up just like any other prospective member of my staff.
Maybe it's just where I went to school, but the folks who taught me would stand on their head for you if you showed the slightest inclination to learn. Otherwise, they couldn't be bothered. I still thank God every day for them, even though there were times they kicked my butt into next year. I adopted their style.
In the end, only two took me up on it: one young man and one young woman, both from immigrant backgrounds. They've done right well, and I'm right proud of what they've done with my investments in them.
From the article: “There’s not a company in the world that can afford to leave talent on the sidelines because it’s female,” she says. “But that’s what will keep happening unless all of us — especially men — commit to doing better.”
Men need to commit to an action that puts their career at risk in order to help women? Good luck with that.
When your daughters reach their late thirties and start complaining about how their all male coworkers are getting promoted ahead of them - please show them this post and let them know that you do not support their ambitions, and you do not support their careers.
They deserve to know what kind of a Dad they have.
When your daughters reach their late thirties and start complaining about how their all male coworkers are getting promoted ahead of them - please show them this post and let them know that you have been able to raise and support them all this time by staying the heck away from the third rail of office politics.
you have supported their education and their ambitions, and you will support their careers much better by being steadily employed, rather than drifting from company to company and lawsuit to lawsuit while feebly attempting to help passing strangers.
After that, if they are capable adults, you can discuss with them ways to deal with valuable and experienced male co-employees that allow these males to help them without risking their entire careers. Normal men do not hate women and most of them will help out younger workers, male and female alike, if it is reasonable to do so.
They deserve to know that they have a dad who put the welfare of his own family ahead of the welfare of passing social fads.